Today is Tuesday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2003. There are 323 days left in the year. On this date in 1861, President-elect Lincoln departs Springfield, Ill., for Washington.
In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting law favoring his party -- giving rise to the term "gerrymandering." In 1929, the Lateran Treaty is signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City. In 1937, a sit-down strike against General Motors ends, with the company agreeing to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union. In 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin sign the Yalta Agreement during World War II. In 1972, McGraw-Hill Publishing Company and Life magazine cancel plans to publish what has turned out to be a fake autobiography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. In 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seize power in Iran. In 1986, Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky is released by the Soviet Union after nine years of captivity as part of an East-West prisoner exchange. In 1989, The Rev. Barbara C. Harris becomes the first woman consecrated as a bishop in the Episcopal Church, in a ceremony held in Boston. In 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela is freed after 27 years in captivity.
February 11, 1978: William B. Pollock II, retired president of the William B. Pollock Co., is elected president of the Youngstown Hospital Association's board of trustees, succeeding R. Thornton Beeghly.
State health officials are waiting to see whether the Russian strain of flu which has affected much of the United States is responsible for a flu outbreak causing heavy absenteeism in some Ohio schools.
The Lykes Corp. of New Orleans and LTV Corp. of Dallas, parent firms of two steel giants seeking to merge, report staggering 1977 consolidated net losses totaling $228.4 million.
February 11, 1963: A new large downtown motel will be built on the site of the old Westminster Presbyterian Church, across from the courthouse if the congregation approves the sale of the property for $180,000.
David D. Cook, liquor director for Gov. James. A Rhodes, says the administration may do away with the state's self-serve liquor stores. Cook says the state's function in the liquor field is to regulate, not merchandise.
Eight contractors submit bids on the replacement of the Yellow Creek Bridge in Struthers, which is estimated to cost $131,000.
February 11, 1953: Third Ward Councilman Anthony B. Flask urges the city "not to stop its search for a full-time health director until we find a doctor who will work for the kind of money we can afford to pay." Mayor Charles Henderson has sought a salary of $9,000 and a car allowance of $600 a year for Dr. Alexander McKay, assistant health commissioner of Toronto, Canada. Flask says Canton pays $7,000 for a full-time health chief.
A fire of undetermined origin destroys a sprawling building housing the Midway Motors Inc. and the Miller Brothers Gasoline and Supply Co. on Route 7 between East Fairfield and Middleton. Loss is estimated at $500,000 by Mike Mecure, owner of the motor company.
There are 1,000 school children under observation in the Youngstown Area Heart Association's attack on rheumatic fever, Mrs. Edward L. Weden Jr., coordinator of community service, tells a WFMJ radio audience.
February 11, 1928: Suggestion of Finance Director James E. Jones that the Post Office purchase the central fire station and central police station sites for a new federal building and that the city then construct a combination police and fire station on the Market House site, Boardman St., receives the endorsement of Mayor Joseph L. Heffernan.
Youngstown Park Commissioner Lionel Evans says that if the city purchases the Poland Country Club golf course, revenue would be sufficient to pay maintenance costs and the interest and maturities on bonds within 10 years.
Thomas Edison's 81st birthday is marked in Fort Myers, Fla., by a testimonial fete in which 4,000 school children were the main participants.